US Royalty Withholding tax and buyer's "true" location

Is Envato checking the true location of the buyers before applying the US Royalty Tax? I’ve noticed some buyers with profiles stating their location is the US but when contacting me they have broken english so maybe they are not actually in the US, so tax wouldn’t apply?

I’m not certain and don’t work for envato so this is just an assumption, but I would have thought that things like this are automated and more likely determined by buyers billing address associated with credit cards, PayPal etc.

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I had one buyer whose profile was United States, and then when he contacted me for support he said he was in Iran (which Envato does not allow due to US sanctions)

I can’t see if it would have taken withholding tax, though, since I am a US author.


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